People’s Liberation Big Band & Battleship Potemkin
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
Kansas City’s People’s Liberation Big Band marks International Workers Day (aka May Day) with a screening of the silent Soviet film Battleship Potemkin while performing their original musical score for the film.
Directed in 1925 by Sergei Eisenstein, this epic about a 1905 mutiny aboard a Tsarist warship is a landmark of world cinema that transcends its propagandistic intentions through the brilliance of its execution. Particularly noteworthy is the climactic “Odessa steps” sequence which continues to influence filmmakers and has been widely copied over the years.
Through a written score and passages of pure improvisation, the 11 members of the band will bring new life to this screen classic.